The source reports that the bout would be staged in Japan, despite Kim's efforts to get the financial backing to get Higa to leave his homeland, and take place at some point in January as Higa's first mandatory defense.
Higa won the title back in May, despatching Juan Hernandez Navarrete in 6 rounds to keep his brilliant KO streak alive, and will be making his first defense on October 22nd, when he takes on French challenger Thomas Masson (17-3-1, 5), in what is set to be one of a trio of world title bouts on the show. Although that fight will be Higa's 12th in Japan he has travelled, scoring wins in both Korea and Thailand, with his 2015 win over Kongfah CP Freshmart being his first break out win in the eyes of many, who followed him since.
For Waseem the next test will come on September 23rd, when he takes on former world title challenger Jorle Estrada (18-8, 7) in Colombia, in what should be an easy victory for the talentedWaseem. The "Falcon", as he's known, will be fighting for the third time this year, though was out of the ring until July and did have some rust that needed shaking before a major fight.
Whilst the news was reported in Pakistan, and there have been no stories to back it up in Japan, wedo know that Waseem is the mandatory for Higa and will be the next in line for a shot at the title.